Project Director position with the NC Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention

The North Carolina Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (NCCBDRP) is accepting applications for a Project Director. This is a full-time position within the Department of Epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The primary responsibility for this position is to coordinate and oversee the day-to-day activities related to implementing a multi-center CDC-funded epidemiologic study of birth defects. This position will also work closely with the Principal Investigators and other investigators and staff on protocol development, performance tracking, Institutional Review Board compliance, budget management and grant reporting, and research products.

Position Description:

  • Implementation and Management of Study Protocols:
    The North Carolina Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (NCCBDRP) is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct epidemiologic research on birth defects and to participate in two national multi-center case-control studies: the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS), and the Birth Defects Study to Evaluate Pregnancy exposures (BD-STEPS). The Project Director will coordinate day-to-day activities for BD-STEPS, including study protocol development and implementation. The Project Director will work closely with our research partners including the North Carolina Division of Public Health, CDC, other participating CBDRP, the central interview contractor, and the NCCBDRP’s team of staff and investigators to facilitate communication and ensure that all study goals are met in accordance with specific timelines, data quality assurances, and research productivity guidelines. The Project Director will manage routine data collection including participant mailings, biologic samples, and study incentives. He or she will train and oversee one or more Graduate Research Assistants to support daily study activities.

  • Management of Research Activities:
    The Project Director will be the primary contact for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and be responsible for preparing IRB applications and monitoring compliance with promised safeguards. He or she will also help develop and monitor interagency data use agreements. The Project Director will assist the Principal Investigators and other co-investigators in writing research protocols and grant applications. He or she will document in detail and update study procedures as needed. He or she will work closely with NCCBDRP staff including a database programmer and a data manager to ensure data management systems and statistical analyses are coordinated and documented.

  • Administration and Communication: The Project Director will develop and monitor budgets and prepare annual progress reports for the agency sponsor. The Project Director will represent the NCCBDRP on recurring conference calls and committees with the CDC and all participating Centers, as well as maintain communication with research partners. He or she will serve as the primary point of contact for occasional questions from study participants and external researchers about NBDPS and BD-STEPS. The Project Director will keep NCCBDRP investigators and staff fully informed of study activities, progress, protocol changes, and short-term and long-term goals by distributing relevant documentation and organizing monthly in-person staff meetings.

Qualification & Experience Requirements:
Experience in managing a population health research project, including protocol development, data collection, and budget management is required. Experience in grant writing and performance measure tracking strongly desired. Collaborative research and supervisory experience strongly desired. Data visualization and basic data analysis skills highly desired. Demonstrated ability to work successfully within a team and identify opportunities for efficiency and enhanced collaboration.

For more information or to apply:

Please note the application window will close December 13, 2019.


Tania A. Desrosiers, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor | Department of Epidemiology

NC Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health | Chapel Hill, NC

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